Job 29:4
New International Version
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house,

New Living Translation
When I was in my prime, God's friendship was felt in my home.

English Standard Version
as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,

Berean Study Bible
when I was in the days of my youth, when the friendship of God rested on my tent,

New American Standard Bible
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;

King James Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

Christian Standard Bible
I would be as I was in the days of my youth when God's friendship rested on my tent,

Contemporary English Version
I was in the prime of life, God All-Powerful was my closest friend,

Good News Translation
Those were the days when I was prosperous, and the friendship of God protected my home.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would be as I was in the days of my youth when God's friendship rested on my tent,

International Standard Version
like when I was in my prime and God trusted me with his secrets!

NET Bible
just as I was in my most productive time, when God's intimate friendship was experienced in my tent,

New Heart English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only I were in the prime of my life [again], when God was an adviser in my tent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As I was in the days of my youth, When the converse of God was upon my tent;

New American Standard 1977
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;

Jubilee Bible 2000
as I was in the days of my youth, when God was familiar in my tent;

King James 2000 Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tent;

American King James Version
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle;

American Standard Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was upon my tent;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As when I steadfastly pursued my ways, when God took care of my house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when God was secretly in my tabernacle?

Darby Bible Translation
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over my tent,

English Revised Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, when the secret of God was upon my tent;

Webster's Bible Translation
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

World English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

Young's Literal Translation
As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
3when His lamp shone above my head, and by His light I walked through the darkness, 4when I was in the days of my youth, when the friendship of God rested on my tent, 5when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,…
Cross References
Job 15:8
Do you listen in on God's council or limit wisdom to yourself?

Job 29:5
when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,

Psalm 25:14
The LORD confides in those who fear Him, and reveals His covenant to them.

Proverbs 3:32
for the LORD detests the perverse, but He is a friend to the upright.

Treasury of Scripture

As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle;

the secret

Job 1:10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 15:8
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.







Lexicon
when
כַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I was
הָ֭יִיתִי (hā·yî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in the days
בִּימֵ֣י (bî·mê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

of my youth,
חָרְפִּ֑י (ḥā·rə·pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2779: The crop gathered, the autumn, season, ripeness of age

when the friendship
בְּס֥וֹד (bə·sō·wḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5475: A session, company of persons, intimacy, consultation, a secret

of God
אֱ֝ל֗וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

rested on
עֲלֵ֣י (‘ă·lê)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

my tent,
אָהֳלִֽי׃ (’ā·ho·lî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 168: A tent
(4) In the days of my youth.--Literally, my autumn: i.e., in the ripeness, maturity of my days. He was then in the depth of winter. (Comp. the words "in which it seemed always afternoon.") Some suppose, however, that as with the ancient and modern Jews the year began with the autumn, it is used much in the same way as we use spring.

The secret of God.--Or, the counsel of God.

Verse 4. - As I was in the days of my youth; literally, in the days of my autumn - by which Job probably means the days of his "ripeness" or "full manhood" - which he had reached when his calamities fell upon him. When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; or, the counsel of God; when, i.e., in my tent I held sweet counsel with God, and communed with him as friend with friend (comp. Psalm 25:14, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant;" and Proverbs 3:32, "For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous"). 29:1-6 Job proceeds to contrast his former prosperity with his present misery, through God's withdrawing from him. A gracious soul delights in God's smiles, not in the smiles of this world. Four things were then very pleasant to holy Job. 1. The confidence he had in the Divine protection. 2. The enjoyment he had of the Divine favour. 3. The communion he had with the Divine word. 4. The assurance he had of the Divine presence. God's presence with a man in his house, though it be but a cottage, makes it a castle and a palace. Then also he had comfort in his family. Riches and flourishing families, like a candle, may be soon extinguished. But when the mind is enlightened by the Holy Spirit, when a man walks in the light of God's countenance, every outward comfort is doubled, every trouble is diminished, and he may pass cheerfully by this light through life and through death. Yet the sensible comfort of this state is often withdrawn for a season; and commonly this arises from sinful neglect, and grieving the Holy Spirit: sometimes it may be a trial of a man's faith and grace. But it is needful to examine ourselves, to seek for the cause of such a change by fervent prayer, and to increase our watchfulness.
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